|The Novice Farmer||
1. According to the USDA cocoa powder is a good source of fiber and iron. Dark chocolate contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
2. According to the American Heart Association, those same antioxidants lower the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
4. A 2013 study in Neurology journal suggested that drinking two cups a day could help stave off Alzheimer’s. A study published in Nature Neuroscience in 2014 cited evidence that cocoa consumption can increase cognitive function.
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I got my favorite hot chocolate recipe when I was in college...it's instant, my kind of chocolate fix.
Mix together and store. Use 3-4 tablespoons to a cup of hot water (more or less to taste).
I decided to give up New Years resolutions based on the idea that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Instead of overwhelming myself with a long list of improvements, I planned to just work on one issue a month. Wouldn’t you know it…scientific research messed up my scheme.
But then in 2010 University College London did a study tracking 96 people over 84 days and concluded that it took an average of 66 days for a behavior to become automatic. Sixty-six days was the average. The length of time depended on the individual and the difficulty of the change. Some people achieved their assigned behavioral change in only 18 days. Others in the study had not achieved the desired change by the end of the 84 days!
One of the things I enjoy most about gardening is the solitude. It is a place to escape the noise and busy-ness of the day, to quiet my soul and listen to the birds, to bask in the beautiful creation and worship the Creator.